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Band members of the group Blue Junction are pictured here in Kerry Bourgeois’ home studio. Pictured from left to right are: Top row- Danny Guillory of Port Barre, Peter Sylvester of Grand Prairie, and David Sylvester of Grand Prairie; Bottom row- Dean Sylvester of Grand Prairie, Alex “Sonny” Chapman of Ville Platte, and Kerry Bourgeois of Andrepont. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Fathers tend to leave notes of encouragement and hope for their sons when they are going through a tough time. One local father, however, is taking a different spin on this approach and is stringing together musical notes of hope for his 19-year-old son who has a brain tumor.

Fr. Richard Vidrine stands in his home holding up a picture of himself that his mother Nazel had made once he had returned from Vietnam. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

As Americans we are called to give of ourselves and to help our fellow countrymen when they are in need. One Ville Platte native has exemplified this idea from serving in the jungles of Vietnam to serving the Lamb of God as a naval chaplain.

Ville Platte Rice Dryer, Inc. Manager, Felix Morein, is seen checking the grade of rice that was brought into the local rice drying facility to be dried and stored. This process includes running the rice through a machine that removes the hull and then grades the rice. (Gazette photo by Elizabeth West)

You can take the boy out of the farm, but you can’t always take the farm out of the boy. At least those words ring true when speaking about Ville Platte Rice Dryer, Inc. Manager, Felix Morein.

Hunting changes made for the 2017-2018 seasons

There have been several changes made this year that will affect duck hunters across Louisiana.
One of those changes made has been a modification to teal season, which was previously during the last three weekends of September.

Local 4-H students compete in recent Horse Shows

Several 4-H students from Evangeline Parish recently competed in the 2017 Southwest District Horse Show held at the Burton Coliseum Complex on the campus of McNeese State University in Lake Charles on June 29, 2017.
Competitors who placed on the district level were the following:

Rotary meets its legislator

State Representative Bernard LeBas (center) was the guest of Rotarian Susan Saunders (right) at this week's meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club and spoke about the past year's legislative sessions as well as some issues that are plaguing the state. LeBas and Saunders are pictured here with Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left). (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

State Representative Bernard LeBas addressed the Ville Platte Rotary Club at its weekly meeting Tuesday and updated the club on issues the legislature faced in the latest sessions.

Setting the bar

Ville Platte's Destiny Lavigne comes up firing after fielding a ball during a game at the USSSA World Series. Ville Platte finished 2-1 in pool play and 2-2 in bracket play. (Photo courtesy of Sadie Ardoin)

GULF SHORES, AL -- When the Ville Platte Girl’s Softball Association 10U Select All-Stars arrived here last Wednesday, they were expecting to be placed in the Class C USSSA World Series tournament.

CHAUNCEY JAMES FONTENOT

Fontenot

MAMOU ~ It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Chauncey Fontenot announces his passing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the age of 30.

Engineered for success

Gregory Elliott is pictured here. The native and resident of Beaver was inducted into the LSU College of Engineering Hall of Distinction this past April. He is the son of the late Besse and Jesse Elliott. (Photo courtesy of Gregory Elliott)

Throughout history countless citizens from small towns across the country as well immigrants from lands overseas have sought the American dream of achieving prosperity and success. This dream is still alive today and is realized for a native of rural Evangeline Parish Gregory Elliott.

VPPD arrests one for using counterfeit money

On July 18, 2017, the Ville Platte Police Department made two arrests.
The first involved the use of counterfeit money at a local business on East Main Street.

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Sports

The Sacred Heart starting defensive unit works on the game plan for their scheduled scrimmage against Bunkie. The scrimmage, played on Friday, gives the Trojans a chance to find out just how ready the team is for the upcoming season and to possibly see some hidden talents. (Gazette photo by Tracey Jagneaux

Hard to believe, but the LHSAA High School football season is inching upon us everyday.

Lifestyle

Executive Director of the Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce and Evangeline Parish Tourism Camille Fontenot (center) was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Ville Platte Rotary Club. She is pictured here with Rotary President Wayne Vidrine (left) and Rotarian Peggy Tate (right). (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Obituaries

Brunet

October 31, 1977- August 13, 2017
VILLE PLATTE - Memorial services for Lesley Marie Fontenot Brunet, 39, will be held at 10 a.m., today, Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Our Lady Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.

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